This year we have manged to build our allocation up sufficiently to do a general release of Penfold’s Bin 707, a wine which is rarer than Grange and more revered in many circles. Bin 707 matches Grange in many ways, where Grange is their leading Shiraz dominate wine, Bin 707 is the epitome of their expertise with Cabernet Sauvignon. The Estate call it a ‘Cabernet Sauvignon reflection of Grange’. As such Bin 707 is a multi-vineyard, multi-district wine, deriving from the very best Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, taken from the best parcels and blocks in Penfold’s vast dominium, each is blind tasted removing all vineyard bias. It is noteworthy that in 1953 Penfolds Grange was made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, from 1964 onwards Bin 707 has taken the mantel.
Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon gets first choice of the finest grapes. It therefore receives grapes from the Kalimna vineyard and in some vintages the magical Block 42, 2014 is one of these years. Block 42 requires context; it has the reverence for a Cabernet lover as La Tache vineyard does for a Burgundy lover. It is the oldest known continuously producing Cabernet Vineyard in the world, planted in 1888, employed uninterrupted since. The world’s most expensive bottle of wine is Penfolds Block 42, which costs more than £100,000 a bottle. In 2014 Penfolds Bin 707 is made up of 10% Block 42. We are delighted to be able to offer Penfolds Bin 707 for £1,075 per case of six bottles, which has been awarded 94+ by the Wine Advocate. It has also been awarded 18/20 by Jancis Robinson, her joint highest score ever for the Bin 707.
Bin 707 is only made in very good years, they recently culled the 2011. It is sourced from the best plots from Coonawarra to Clare Valley, which spreads across a distance twice as large as the entire Rhone Valley. As such they get superb diversity to choose from. As the Bordelais use Merlot to fill the mid palate of their Cabernet, so too Penfolds use the plushest Cabernet grapes to create superb tension with other parcels which provide balance, harmony and depth. Its maturation is very similar to Grange, spending 18 months in 100% new American oak. The upshot is an incredibly complex, balanced and age worthy wine, the finest Cabernet Sauvignon from Australia. Bin 707 is truly a distinct, remarkable and stellar wine and the first to sell out in the range. Therefore, as one can imagine, it displays excellent vintage premium, the 93 scoring 2013 already cost upwards of £1350, the 95+ 2010 £1,350, the 91 scoring 2009 £1,450 and the 92+ 2007 £1,560. The 2014 is one of the finest ever! We can offer a parcel of 20 cases, no more.
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